FAR Gambia Ltd, a wholly-owned subsidiary of FAR Ltd, advises that drilling has commenced on the Bambo-1 exploration well in Block A2, offshore The Gambia. The Stena IceMax drillship arrived on site on 12 November Gambian time and after completing preparations, has successfully spudded the well. The Bambo-1 well is located approximately 85km offshore The Gambia, in 930 meters of water depth and is planned to be drilled to a depth of approximately 3,400 meters. The drilling campaign is expected to take approximately 30 days. The well is designed to drill into a series of vertically stacked targets (see Figure 2) with a combined estimated recoverable, prospective resource of 1,118 mmbbls (arithmetic sum of the Best Estimates, un-risked, 559 mmbbls net to FAR) and FAR calculates the chance of geological success for the various horizons to range from 7% to 36% (see Table 1). The targets are: 1. Bambo (S390 & S400) – two shallower horizons not previously intersected. 2. Soloo (S410 & S440) – the extension of the hydrocarbon-bearing reservoirs in the adjacent Sangomar Oil Field, Senegal. 3. Soloo Deep (S552 & S562) – two additional horizons, also not previously penetrated. Soloo Deep has a lower chance of success but higher potential volumes.
FAR is Operator and has a 50% interest in the A2 and A5 blocks. Its joint venture partner, PC Gambia Ltd, a subsidiary of Petroliam Nasional Berhad (Petronas) holds the remaining 50%.
FAR’s Managing Director, Cath Norman, said, “We are very excited to be drilling offshore The Gambia again and I thank our co-venturer Petronas and the Government of The Gambia for their support during a challenging period of uncertainty and delays. We’re looking forward to working safely and efficiently with our trusted partners at Exceed and Stena. The well will be run as a tight well, and we look forward to announcing drilling results at the appropriate time.
FAR Limited is an independent, Africa focussed, Australian oil and gas exploration and development company with high value assets in West Africa and Australia. In West Africa, FAR holds a portfolio of exploration licences in The Gambia and Guinea-Bissau. FAR also holds acreage surrounded by proven petroleum systems in the state of Western Australia.
(Source: FAR – Image: Stena IceMax/Stena Drilling)